walls complete and the mortar set, it was time to begin work on the
dome of the oven.
Hal came over to help with
the oven dome. First we drew a cross-section of the oven walls on a
piece of OSB, then we put the bricks on the OSB to get the curve of
the dome such that we wouldn't have to cut bricks to get the dome
After one ring of the dome was complete it was usually too dark and
the air too full of attacking mosquitoes to continue. The next day I
would slide the template out from under the dome and then do the
next ring. This went on for 3 rings in the dome. Then bricks were
put at an angle from the door lintel to the third ring of the dome.
This left little holes on each side which I filled in with cut
bricks as best I could.
After the bricks for the oven dome cured, my FIL and I made a form
out of plywood around the oven. We then covered the dome with
aluminum foil and then 6x6 10ga mesh. We then fired up the ol mixer
(ok we plugged it in) and covered the entire oven dome & walls
with concrete. The cladding at the walls is about 3 ½ inches thick
and on top of the dome it is about 4 ¾ thick. pics to come